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AFM Las Vegas LIVE! Event

A Portrait of Musical Diversity Professional music is what we do best! More than 200 Las Vegas residents converged on the Historic Fifth Street School in Las Vegas on June 22 to watch more than 40 popular music artists rock the house in a dynamic, explosive showcase of extraordinary musical talent. Expanding on the Music […]

New York City Opera Announces 2019/20 Season

The New York City Opera (NYCO), which emerged from bankruptcy in 2016, has announced its schedule for the 2019/20 season. The company is planning two staged opera productions and several performances in a concert setting—including a 75th anniversary concert and a June concert to celebrate Pride Month. The first opera production in the fall pairs […]

New Contract Includes Raises for Annapolis Symphony Orchestra

Ahead of the June 30 expiration of their previous CBA, musicians of the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra, Local 40-543 (Baltimore, MD), have announced the ratification of a new three-year contract. Covering the orchestra’s 70 musicians, the contract calls for annual wage increases, adjustments to work rules, and a process for employing musicians in the new Annapolis […]

Toledo Symphony Orchestra Ratifies Five-Year CBA

The Toledo Symphony Orchestra (TSO) announced the ratification of a new five-year CBA in mid-June. The contract is scheduled to take effect September 1, 2019 and will provide raises of 2% in years one and two; 3% in years three and four; and 4% in year five. Orchestra musicians, members of Local 15-286 (Toledo, OH), […]

Grant Park Festival Orchestra Agrees to New Contract

Grant Park Festival Orchestra in Chicago reached an agreement on a new three-year collective bargaining agreement

Expressing Solidarity with Baltimore Symphony Orchestra Musicians

Various orchestras throughout the US have donned Baltimore Symphony Musicians T-shirts and taken pictures to express solidarity with their brothers and sisters in Local 40-543. A few of those orchestras who have done this are pictured below: Atlanta, Chicago, Detroit, Minnesota, National, St. Paul, Toronto, and San Francisco area musicians.

Baltimore Symphony Orchestra Management Tries to Influence Governor, Undermine Bargaining Process

As Baltimore Symphony Musicians continued to picket Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, emails released pursuant to a Freedom of Information Act request revealed Baltimore Symphony Orchestra (BSO) management attempted to influence Maryland Governor Larry Hogan to attach to any release of state funds a message supporting the management bargaining position seeking drastic cuts in musician compensation. […]

Building a Movement in Boise

Just prior to the 101st convention of the AFM, the International Executive Board approved the charter of new Local 423 in Boise.

How the Newfoundland Symphony Achieved Its First Collective Agreement

On June 15, the members of the NSO ratified their first collective agreement.

Baltimore Symphony Musicians Locked Out, Summer Season Canceled

For the first time in three decades, the musicians of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra (BSO) have been locked out, cancelling their summer season.